Ciao from Italia! – 5 – Anything on Wheels
We’ve certainly come to discover during this trip that the Italians love their cars, but they also love pretty much
everything on wheels. Here’s a selection of a few, just from the towns of Cortona and Greve di Chianti, covering
the whole shebang, from a Quadrophenia-inspired turquoise scooter and a beautiful blue rock’n’roll Harley, to
matching Pink Vespas and a vintage bike in pristine condition with matching hand tooled Italian leather saddlebags.
Cortona was a revelation (if you’ll pardon the biblical pun) we ascended a precipitous path which turned out to be the stations
of the cross, the twelfth being the Crucifixion. The thirteenth appeared to be a discarded wine bottle, the message appearing to
be that that amount of suffering would drive anybody to drink. I reckon that’s why they use wine in the Communion.
We mistakenly thought we’d reached the summit, but discovered a huge fort overlooked the Cathedral where we now stood from
another 200 feet or so, so like the idiots we are, we had to get to the highest point – but were rewarded with a breathtaking view
across Tuscany back into Umbria and Lake Trasimeno, scene of our recent cycling triumph.
Currently chilling in Greve di Chianti, surrounded by bottles of its namesake, we are quietly girding our loins for an assault on
the city of Florence some time tomorrow.